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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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18 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Googfest 2018

Googong’s popular free live music event – Googfest – is set to rock the town’s foundations once again.

Headlining this year’s show is a DJ set by Mikah Freeman of Canberra’s very own house music legends, The Aston Shuffle. The set – including some of the band’s biggest hits, like ‘Tear It Down’ – is sure to get the thousands–strong crowd at Rockley Oval up and dancing from the outset. They’ll be supported on the day by some great local bands, too.

So come along, sprawl on a picnic blanket and soak up some Googong sunshine while enjoying the free live music and fireworks finale. Bring a picnic or treat yourself to something from the good selection of food stalls available on the day.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 5-9pm at Rockley Oval, Googong.

For more information on Googfest, visit googong.net.

The Empire Strips Back  

While the producers of the long running burlesque show The Empire Strips Back have been preparing the production for its overseas debut, they’ve had a little more unexpected time on their hands due to some red tape. So they put it to the fans to see if they wanted another tour, and the response was overwhelming.
So February/March 2018 sees The Empire Strips Back hitting the road again very briefly to celebrate everything Star Wars…… and the removal of clothing.

Tickets cost between $8.50 and $88.50 a $4.95 transaction fee applies per transaction.

Happening Friday 2 Februry from 8:00 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Australian Capital.

See website to purchase tickets.

Trivia and silent auction night for MS treatment

Start 2018 right by Putin on your thinking caps and supporting an incredible woman to get to Russia for MS treatment. Trivia games, silent auction, raffles and more this fundraising event is not to be missed.

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) is a breakthrough treatment which has helped thousands of MS sufferers around the world. The treatment, which is available in Russia and not Australia, has been known to halt the progression of MS in some patients. HSCT is not covered by the Australian health system and costs approx $80,000 AUD + flights and accommodation (in Russia).

Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes up for grabs including:

  • The Ultimate South Coast holiday experience
  • Sports lovers package from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
  • Gorgeous 4-night Cottage Stay in the Southern Highlands (NSW)
  • Oodles of vouchers, chocolates, artwork and more.

Happening Friday 2 February from 7 pm – 10 pm at the Olympus Room – Hellenic Club (Major event sponsors)

Cost: $30 pp; $250 for a table of 10 (+ b.f.) or $35pp at the door. Children under 16 FREE!

Snacks, baked goods and beverages will be available to purchase on the night.

Tickets available at www.torussiawithlove.life. For more information visit their Go Fund Me PageFacebook or contact 0401 470 553.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now: nma.gov.au/space.

Paul Dempsey

After a jam-packed 2017 that has involved yet another sold out run around the country with his extraordinary backing band, a month of shows in Europe, a guest appearance on vocals with David Bowie’s band at the Sydney Opera House and a second invitation and appearance at India’s NH7 Weekender Festival, Paul Dempsey returns to Canberra for an intimate solo performance in The Playhouse.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 8:00pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

ROLLER DERBY ROOKIE BOOT CAMP

All genders, shapes, sizes, fitness levels and sport experience levels are invited to join their rookie boot camp to learn to play or officiate roller derby!

Rookie boot camp begins on Monday 29 January at 7.30 pm-9.30 pm. There will be a total of 16 sessions over 8 weeks, specially designed to get you skating, understanding the basics of roller derby rules, equipment maintenance, and fitness. If you’ve already got more advanced skate skills, we can adjust training sessions to your skill level.

At the end of boot camp, there is a skills test. Don’t worry – it’s not compulsory, and we don’t kick you out if you’re not up to it yet. We do strongly encourage you to try whatever your skill level, however – it’s a good way to see which areas you might need to work on a bit more. The basic level is White Star – and you can begin referee training; the next is Yellow Star – you can participate in scrimmages (practice games) when you get this far; then Orange Star, which is equivalent to WFTDA minimum skills, required to play official games.

After boot camp, the sessions become general training aimed at progressing your skills to the next star level.

Special offer – bring a friend and you will each get 10% off your rookie boot camp fee (one discount per person).

Happening Monday 29 January from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Surveyor St & Agnes Avenue, Queanbeyan.

See website for more information.

DON’T ‘DARLING’ ME, DARLING. STARSTRUCK SUMMER NIGHTS

Take a scandalous tour of Starstruck and get your markers ready for drag bingo with the fabulous Miss Ellaneous. Music from the Zackerbilks, including Jamal Salem on drums, Zach Raffan on trumpet, and Robbie Mann on Piano.

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on 2 and 9 February with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer. Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

Happening 2 February from 5pm – 8pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

MULTICULTURAL SUNDAYS AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

What might you find? A variety of stallholders offer handcrafted items from around the world – think gorgeous jewelry, clothing, accessories and homewares with a multicultural feel – and of course plenty of tasty international cuisine in the food hall.

Happening Sunday 28 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

David Hockney Print Party

Cool off amongst David Hockney: Prints with colourful print people, food and live entertainment. Curator Jane Kinsman will introduce the exhibition and then you can explore print more with Megalo Print Studio staff or in conversation led by Alison Alder and staff from the ANU Printmedia and Drawing Workshop.

Wear your loudest prints, enjoy a summer punch on arrival and live entertainment from Venus Mantrap and Nick Delatovic.

Happening Friday 2 February from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

PRIME MINISTER’S XI (T20) V ENGLAND

Be a part of the fastest paced, fun and exciting cricket format this summer when the Prime Minister’s XI, including some of Australia’s brightest up and coming stars, as they take on the might of England in the Prime Minister’s T20 match at Manuka Oval, Canberra.

Fans can expect a riveting contest as England take on the future of Australian Cricket in the shortest format of the game, always delivering big hits, big wickets, and big finishes. As well as the action on field, fans can enjoy the incredible at-match experience featuring music, fireworks, and a friendly crowd atmosphere.

Happening Friday 2 February from 7:15 pm at Manuka Oval, Manuka Circle, Griffith, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

See website for more information.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, My Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

PlayUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

FOOD & DRINK

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Garden Bar Happy Hour

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC & STAGE

Googfest 2018

Googong’s popular free live music event – Googfest – is set to rock the town’s foundations once again.

Headlining this year’s show is a DJ set by Mikah Freeman of Canberra’s very own house music legends, The Aston Shuffle. The set – including some of the band’s biggest hits, like ‘Tear It Down’ – is sure to get the thousands–strong crowd at Rockley Oval up and dancing from the outset. They’ll be supported on the day by some great local bands, too.

So come along, sprawl on a picnic blanket and soak up some Googong sunshine while enjoying the free live music and fireworks finale. Bring a picnic or treat yourself to something from the good selection of food stalls available on the day.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 5-9pm at Rockley Oval, Googong.

For more information on Googfest, visit googong.net.

The Empire Strips Back  

While the producers of the long-running burlesque show The Empire Strips Back have been preparing the production for its overseas debut, they’ve had a little more unexpected time on their hands due to some red tape. So they put it to the fans to see if they wanted another tour, and the response was overwhelming.
So February/March 2018 sees The Empire Strips Back hitting the road again very briefly to celebrate everything Star Wars…… and the removal of clothing.

Tickets cost between $68.50 and $88.50 a $4.95 transaction fee applies per transaction.

Happening Friday 2 February from 8:00pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Australian Capital.

See website to purchase tickets.

DON’T ‘DARLING’ ME, DARLING. STARSTRUCK SUMMER NIGHTS

Take a scandalous tour of Starstruck and get your markers ready for drag bingo with the fabulous Miss Ellaneous. Music from the Zackerbilks, including Jamal Salem on drums, Zach Raffan on trumpet, and Robbie Mann on Piano.

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on 2 and 9 February with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer. Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

Happening 2 February from 5pm – 8pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Foxes: The Musical

Ribix Productions presents ‘Foxes: The Musical’, a new and original production that follows the journey of two young women, Sierra and Indi, as they try to find their place in the world. The musical is set in a fictional kingdom where the King, still grieving after the death of his wife, has neglected his people and allowed a rebel youth gang to rise up. An entirely original piece, the musical focuses on the themes of family, friendship and home, whilst also tackling the stigmas that surround disabilities.

Ribix Productions is a non-profit, youth-run theatre company based in Belconnen. In partnership with North Belconnen Baptist Church, ‘Foxes: The Musical’ will make its world debut at Belconnen Community Theatre from 31 January to 3 February.

Tickets start at $15. Early bird prices last until 1 December.

Happening Wednesday 31 January from 7:00pm to 10:30pm at 23 Swanson Ct, Belconnen Act 2617.

See website for more information.

Paul Dempsey

After a jam-packed 2017 that has involved yet another sold out run around the country with his extraordinary backing band, a month of shows in Europe, a guest appearance on vocals with David Bowie’s band at the Sydney Opera House and a second invitation and appearance at India’s NH7 Weekender Festival, Paul Dempsey returns to Canberra for an intimate solo performance in The Playhouse. 

Happening Saturday 3 February from 8:00pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

Regurgitor, Seja & Mindy Wang Performing The Velvet Underground & Nico

Brisbane art-rock veterans Regurgitator may not be the first act to come to mind when picking teams for a The Velvet Underground & Nico tribute. But Regurgitator have never met a musical genre they couldn’t lovingly poke a few holes in, or a tongue-in-cheek performance-art stunt they didn’t like the flavour of.

Originally conceived to close the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, the show returns for a special Canberra encore – with Quan, Ben and Peter joined by Seja on keys (and some key vocal duties) and Mindy Meng Wang on the Chinese guzheng.

Happening Friday 2 Feburary from 8:00 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information

Bungendore Country Music Muster  

The 33rd Annual Bungendore Country Music Muster is a leading Australian Music Festival. The festival, held in the country surrounds of historic Bungendore, showcases over 24 Australian Country Music artists accompanied by well-known bands in a perfect open-air setting.

Gates open for campers and caravans to the Bungendore showground on Monday, January 29 with a full week of walk ups for campers and invited artists until Friday, February 2. On Saturday, February 3, the village of Bungendore hosts a busking competition followed at 1 pm by the all Australian country music festival at the showground.

The Stan Coster Australian Bush Ballad Awards commence at 8pm with performances from the 24 finalists in each of the seven categories. The festival wraps up on the Sunday with a gala showcase of award winners from 10am – 6pm.

Costs $30.00 for adults and children under 15 enter for free.

Happening Monday 29 January to Saturday 3 February at Bungendore Showground, Mathews Lane, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

Bungendore Hoedown

Bungendore Hoedown is a free community free event for the whole family. Get your hat and boots on and enter the ‘best hat and boot combo’ comp, 8 categories from boys and girls to dazzling young things to the old bloke. Prizes for each category. Or maybe you want to focus on your gum boot throwing technique, its sure to be in the Summer Olympics at some point right!! Or maybe you’d want to watch and cheer on the two local pubs battle it out in the tug-of-war.

The ACT Bush Band is putting on a real show of country music so practice swinging your partner round and round and join in the fun. Not to be left out boot scooting is expected to make an appearance in a fun flash mob starting at the Village Square, Malbon Street making it’s way to the Hoedown.

Happening Saturday 3 February from `12:00pm to 3:00pm at Phillips Anglican Church Gibraltar St Bungendore.

See website for more information.

Springtide The Beauty of Strings

Springtide has been delighting audiences for a decade with a distinctive blend of more than one hundred strings. In this special concert at the High Court of Australia, Springtide has designed a programme of Celtic influenced vocal and instrumental music, complemented by classical and world music genres. With Jackie Luke on the unique hammered dulcimer, the innovative Canberra cellist Rita Gibson, and harpist Greg Wilson.

Please note: Admission to this concert is strictly by registration only. Registration opens 4 January 2018.

Happening Sunday 4 February from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm High Court of Australia, 40 Parkes Place East, Parkes, Parke  ACT  2600.

See website for more information.

Lightbulb Improv: Switched On ‘Body’

Lightbulb Improv will let your body do the talking for their first show of 2018. They’ll put their brains in the backseat and give their limbs the lead. The wit of their words will only be to the whim of their bodies. See slapstick, clowning, dance and a great manner of unknown moves yet to be revealed in this unscripted comedy show.

Tickets: online or at the door, $15 or $10 concession.

Happening Friday 2 Of February from 7:30pm To 9:00pm at Smiths Alternative, Alinga Street.

See website for more information.

Burlesque Class with Rainbow

“The best thing I ever did for my body was to start showing it!” (Tigger!)

In 2018, Rainbow, an award-winning burlesque artist, will be teaching a fun, weekly burlesque class at National Capital Ballet School in Phillip.

The class will introduce students to the art tease through dance. The one hour class will involve a warm up, drills of some essential burlesque skills and the teaching of a fun choreography before a quick stretch and cool down. If you are keen to dabble in the art of the sexy pantomime or if you are just looking for a fun way to relax and keep fit, this could be the class for you!

Adult Burlesque class will be commencing in 2018 @ National Capital Ballet School on Monday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm.
Please email National Capital Ballet School to book a place for a free trial class on Saturday, 3rd of February at 9:00am.

E: [email protected]
P: 02 6281 0080

What to bring to class: Comfortable clothing to move in, Dance heels if you feel like dancing in heels (if you don’t want to that’s all good, too), Water (it’s hot in Canberra and we need to hydrate).

Happening Saturday 3 February from 9:00am To 10:00am At 7-11 Townshend Street, Phillip.

For more information about this event, call 0403469511.

FILM

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

WE DON’T NEED A MAP

Australian director Warwick Thornton’s latest film Sweet Country is receiving rave reviews from critics and took home the prestigious Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Before you see the film for yourself, come to the NFSA’s Arc cinema and experience his compelling and relevant documentary ‘We Don’t Need a Map,’ in which Thornton questions the place of the Southern Cross in the Australian psyche.

The most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere, the Southern Cross has been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people, the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual.

The film’s producer Brendan Fletcher will introduce the screening on Sunday 28 January.

Happening until 3 February at the National Film and Sound Archive. Entry is $8. Check the website for session times: www.nfsa.gov.au/events/we-dont-need-map.

FESTIVALS

Bungendore Country Music Muster

The 33rd Annual Bungendore Country Music Muster is a leading Australian Music Festival. The festival, held in the country surrounds of historic Bungendore, showcases over 24 Australian Country Music artists accompanied by well-known bands in a perfect open-air setting.

Gates open for campers and caravans to the Bungendore showground on Monday, January 29 with a full week of walk ups for campers and invited artists until Friday, February 2. On Saturday, February 3, the village of Bungendore hosts a busking competition followed at 1 pm by the all Australian country music festival at the showground.

The Stan Coster Australian Bush Ballad Awards commence at 8pm with performances from the 24 finalists in each of the seven categories. The festival wraps up on the Sunday with a gala showcase of award winners from 10am – 6pm

Costs $30.00 for adults and children under 15 enter for free

Happening Monday 29 January to Saturday 3 February at Bungendore Showground, Mathews Lane, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information. 

Bungendore Hoedown 

Bungendore Hoedown is a free community free event for the whole family. Get your hat and boots on and enter the ‘best hat and boot combo’ comp, 8 categories from boys and girls to dazzling young things to the old bloke. Prizes for each category. Or maybe you want to focus on your gum boot throwing techique, its sure to be in the Summer olympics at some point right!! Or maybe you’d want to watch and cheer on the two local pubs battle it out in the tug-of-war.

The ACT Bush Band is putting on a real show of country music so practice swinging your partner round and round and join in the fun. Not to be left out boot scooting is expected to make an appearance in a fun flash mob starting at the Village Square, Malbon Street making it’s way to the Hoedown.

Happening Saturday 3 February from `12:00pm to 3:00pm at Phillips Anglican Church Gibraltar St Bungendore.

See website for more information. 

MARKETS

MULTICULTURAL SUNDAYS AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

What might you find? A variety of stallholders offer handcrafted items from around the world – think gorgeous jewelry, clothing, accessories and homewares with a multicultural feel – and of course plenty of tasty international cuisine in the food hall.

Happening Sunday 28 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information

Yass Community Markets

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Community Markets.

Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Homemade food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.
The Yass Community Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Come and have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening Saturday 3 of February from 10:00am to 1:00pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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World Wetlands Day Celebrations at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Jerrabomberra Wetlands are hosting an exciting and fun-filled open day to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2017. There will be a huge variety of stalls and activities for the whole family including ranger guided walks, children’s activities, reptile displays, art exhibitions, Indigenous cultural activities, food, drinks and lots lots more.

Entry is by gold coin donation with most activities free of charge. All proceeds go towards conservation efforts at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

This event is sponsored by ICON Water, Capital Brewing Co., Canberra Milk and ACTSmart, and run by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust in partnership with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, ACT Government.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

 Hot 100 International Quiz

What is the Hot 100? Once a month, quizzers all over the world take part in the Hot 100 quiz to earn World Quiz Rankings points. The written quiz consists of 100 questions that have an international flavour to be completed in 45 minutes. Compare your score against the world’s best quizzers (including TV’s Eggheads and Chasers).

Free entry for first time attendees (normally $8). For more information and a sample quiz, email [email protected]

Happening Sunday 4 February from 3:45pm to 5:00pm at Belconnen Soccer Club – Hawker, Springvale Drive, Weetangera.

See website for more information.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend.

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT & RECREATION

Brumbies Meet the Players Day

All Brumbies players will be in attendance along with Brumby Jack and there will be fun activities for the kids such as HART sport tackle zone, obstacle course, kids zone and jumping castle.

Junior Rugby Associations will also be attending on the day, to provide information and support on how to enrol for 2018 season.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 10:30am to 12:00pm at Brumbies Rugby, University Drive, Bruce.

For more information about this event, call 6283 8525.

Canberra Triathlon

Get ready to race in the nation’s capital as Elite Energy deliver the Canberra Triathlon Festival.

This year’s standard distance triathlon is a National Standard Triathlon Qualifying race and ‘Age Group World Championship Qualifying Race. Racer’s finishing positions will determine the number of selection points that they receive to represent Australia at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Promising a huge day of racing with several events to choose from, this is the perfect chance to either tackle a triathlon for the first time or gain some points as part of the tri-series.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 6:00am to 2:00pm at Rond Terrace, Parkes Way, Parkes. 

See website for more information.

ROLLER DERBY ROOKIE BOOT CAMP

All genders, shapes, sizes, fitness levels and sport experience levels are invited to join their rookie boot camp to learn to play or officiate roller derby!

Rookie boot camp begins on Monday 29 January at 7.30 pm-9.30 pm. There will be a total of 16 sessions over 8 weeks, specially designed to get you skating, understanding the basics of roller derby rules, equipment maintenance, and fitness. If you’ve already got more advanced skate skills, we can adjust training sessions to your skill level.

At the end of boot camp, there is a skills test. Don’t worry – it’s not compulsory, and we don’t kick you out if you’re not up to it yet. We do strongly encourage you to try whatever your skill level, however – it’s a good way to see which areas you might need to work on a bit more. The basic level is White Star – and you can begin referee training; the next is Yellow Star – you can participate in scrimmages (practice games) when you get this far; then Orange Star, which is equivalent to WFTDA minimum skills, required to play official games.

After boot camp, the sessions become general training aimed at progressing your skills to the next star level.

Special offer – bring a friend and you will each get 10% off your rookie boot camp fee (one discount per person).

Happening Monday 29 January from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Surveyor St & Agnes Avenue, Queanbeyan.

See website for more information.

Tennis Festival

On Saturday the 3rd of February, the Queanbeyan Park Tennis Club and the Parkside Tennis Academy will host Tennis Festival. A free event featuring a variety of lessons, activities, giveaways and information for the local community.
Tennis Festival will feature free coaching clinics for adults and juniors of all ages as well as the opportunity to try out Cardio Tennis – a popular adult program for people who love rallying!

There will also be lots of family friendly activities such as jumping castles, face painting, 3-6-year-old activity stations, a speed serving competition and the chance to check out the latest tennis equipment.

We will also be holding a BBQ and raffle to raise money for a local charity “Home in Queanbeyan” who provide a supportive, loving home for 19 people with chronic mental illness. 

Happening Saturday 3 February from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at 100 Campbell Street, Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information

Trial Match Plus500 Brumbies Vs Rebels

The Plus500 Brumbies begin their pre-season preparations in earnest as they take to the field for the first time in 2018 when welcoming the Rebels to Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan.

The Rebels have been busy during the off-season in strengthening their side and will bring a squad with plenty of new faces and lots of Wallaby talent to Seiffert as the Brumbies have their first hit-out. Come and see their own new signings don the brand-new jersey for the first time in what is sure to be an exciting and free-flowing encounter.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 6:00pm to 8:15pm at Seiffert Oval, Thurralilly Street, Queanbeyan East, New South Wales.

See website for more information.

PRIME MINISTER’S XI (T20) V ENGLAND

Be a part of the fastest paced, fun and exciting cricket format this summer when the Prime Minister’s XI, including some of Australia’s brightest up and coming stars, as they take on the might of England in the Prime Minister’s T20 match at Manuka Oval, Canberra.

Fans can expect a riveting contest as England take on the future of Australian Cricket in the shortest format of the game, always delivering big hits, big wickets, and big finishes. As well as the action on field, fans can enjoy the incredible at-match experience featuring music, fireworks, and a friendly crowd atmosphere.

Happening Friday 2 Feburary from 7:15pm at Manuka Oval, Manuka Circle, Griffith, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

See website for more information.

OUTDOORS

World Wetlands Day Celebrations at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Jerrabomberra Wetlands are hosting an exciting and fun-filled open day to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2017. There will be a huge variety of stalls and activities for the whole family including ranger guided walks, children’s activities, reptile displays, art exhibitions, Indigenous cultural activities, food, drinks and lots lots more.

Entry is by gold coin donation with most activities free of charge. All proceeds go towards conservation efforts at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

This event is sponsored by ICON Water, Capital Brewing Co., Canberra Milk and ACTSmart, and run by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust in partnership with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, ACT Government.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

KIDS

PlayUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

World Wetlands Day Celebrations at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Jerrabomberra Wetlands are hosting an exciting and fun-filled open day to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2017. There will be a huge variety of stalls and activities for the whole family including ranger guided walks, children’s activities, reptile displays, art exhibitions, Indigenous cultural activities, food, drinks and lots lots more.

Entry is by gold coin donation with most activities free of charge. All proceeds go towards conservation efforts at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

This event is sponsored by ICON Water, Capital Brewing Co., Canberra Milk and ACTSmart, and run by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust in partnership with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, ACT Government.

Happening Saturday 3 February from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

Sundaze @ COP

All ages are welcome to relax by the pool with live music and DJ’s on EVERY Sunday afternoon in February at the Canberra Olympic Pool that includes an Inflatable and Jumping Castles for the kids.

Entry concludes Adults $6.50, Concession: $4.70 and Pensioners: $4.00.

Happening Sunday 4 February from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Canberra Olympic Pool, Constitution Avenue.

See website for more information.

Free School Holiday Activities at The Lakes

Need to keep the kids busy these school holidays?… Head to the Lakes and enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea with a view while the kids are entertained by the team from Mollycoddle Parties!

With an indoor play area and games room, plus FREE School Holiday Activities the kids will be kept busy for hours.

The team from Mollycoddle Parties will be at The Lakes on Tuesday 23rd January and Tuesday 30th January from 11:30am–2:30pm. With Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos, Balloon Sculpting, Art & Crafts all on offer.

Happening Tuesday 30 January from 11:30 am to 2:30pm at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, Gundaroo Drive, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10 am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Trivia and silent auction night for MS treatment

Start 2018 right by Putin on your thinking caps and supporting an incredible woman to get to Russia for MS treatment. Trivia games, silent auction, raffles and more this fundraising event is not to be missed.

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) is a breakthrough treatment which has helped thousands of MS sufferers around the world. The treatment, which is available in Russia and not Australia, has been known to halt the progression of MS in some patients. HSCT is not covered by the Australian health system and costs approx $80,000 AUD + flights and accommodation (in Russia).

Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes up for grabs including:

  • The Ultimate South Coast holiday experience
  • Sports lovers package from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
  • Gorgeous 4-night Cottage Stay in the Southern Highlands (NSW)
  • Oodles of vouchers, chocolates, artwork and more.

Happening Friday 2 February from 7 pm – 10 pm at the Olympus Room – Hellenic Club (Major event sponsors)

Cost: $30 pp; $250 for a table of 10 (+ b.f.) or $35pp at the door. Children under 16 FREE!

Snacks, baked goods and beverages will be available to purchase on the night.

Tickets available at www.torussiawithlove.life. For more information visit their Go Fund Me PageFacebook or contact 0401 470 553.

EXHIBITIONS

David Hockney Print Party

Cool off amongst David Hockney: Prints with colourful print people, food and live entertainment. Curator Jane Kinsman will introduce the exhibition and then you can explore print more with Megalo Print Studio staff or in conversation led by Alison Alder and staff from the ANU Printmedia and Drawing Workshop.

Wear your loudest prints, enjoy a summer punch on arrival and live entertainment from Venus Mantrap and Nick Delatovic.

Happening Friday 2 February from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

Seasons of Arboretum 

Seasons of Arboretum exhibition of original paintings conveys Valentyna Crane’s passion for the Arboretum’s vistas, skies and forests through the changing seasons.

Valentyna is an Australian artist, who re-discovered the techniques and knowledge she learned in a very different place, in the context of the nature, history and social fabric of Australia. In her own words, Valentyna had visited the Arboretum many times for drawing sessions.

In her own words, she fell in love with the magnificence of the landscape that inspired her to share her visions of this place. That’s how the project ‘Seasons of the Arboretum’ was born.

Every painting in the exhibition has its own story. Every time the artist was moved by the overwhelming moment of now and wanted to capture and share that experience with the audience.

All works are for sale.

Happening from 20 January to 18 February daily from 9am to 4pm in the Village Centre, free entry.

Visit the website for more information.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Dombrovskis: Journeys Into The Wild  

Presented by The National Library of Australia, this exhibition showcases 70 of the best wilderness photos by foremost wilderness photographer Peter Dombrovskis. His reflective and deeply personal images of the Tasmanian wilderness have had a lasting impact, inspiring Australians to look at their environment differently. Some of his photographs have been instrumental in the conservation of various Tasmanian land, including the prevention of damning of the Franklin River.

The carefully curated selection comes from the Library’s extensive collection of over 3,000 Dombrovskis transparencies, to create the most complete survey of his work to date.

On until 30 January 2018 at Exhibition Gallery, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

UNIQUE FINLAND-INSPIRED ART EXHIBITION AT THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND

As part of Finland’s centenary of independence celebration, the Embassy of Finland in Canberra welcomes everyone to view a unique art exhibition combining the artwork of three different artists inspired by Finnish nature, landscape and architecture. The exhibition can be viewed during the Embassy’s opening hours and is free of charge for everyone.

Päivi Arvonen is a Finnish photographer and journalist. The silence and beauty of the Finnish nature is especially close to her heart. Her photo exhibition “Soul of the Forest” highlights the beauty of untouched Finnish nature in North-Eastern Finland. Steve Salo is an Australian contemporary painter. His “Paintings from Finland” series of expressionist landscape paintings portrays the impact of the evocative Finnish landscape on human emotion. The artworks were created during an artist residency in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.

Showing until 31 January 2018 at the Embassy of Finland, Yarralumla. Free entry.

MIDAWARR | HARVEST: THE ART OF MULKUN WIRRPANDA AND JOHN WOLSELEY

Midawarr | Harvest, two artists, two completely different approaches, but one abiding passion – to depict the natural bounty to be found in northern Australia.

For almost a decade, renowned artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley have met at midawarr, the harvest season, to seek, eat and paint the edible plants of Yolŋu country in north-eastern Arnhem Land. Together they have created an unforgettable suite of works.

Showing until 18 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton. Free entry.

EIRENE MORT: A LIVELIHOOD

The story at the heart of this exhibition is that of Eirene Mort; a prolific artist, collaborator, teacher, writer, family historian and a ‘new woman’ pursuing a profession in the arts at the beginning of the 20th Century.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her life and work. View numerous artefacts from Mort’s art practice made possible thanks to a generous gift to Canberra Museum and Gallery from her heirs.

A self-described woman of independent means, Mort was an advocate and proponent of the use of Australian materials and motifs in decorative arts. Her translation of the English Arts and Crafts movement to an Australian context coincided with the creation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901 and helped define a burgeoning national identity.

Showing until 25 February 2018, from 12-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City. Free entry.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, A Change Is Gonna Come invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events that led to and followed these significant moments. Has change truly come, or is it coming still?

Showing until 30 January 2018 daily from 9am-5pm only at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra. Entry is free.

Check the website for more information.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today.

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony?

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily until 2 May 2018. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

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